Thank you for keeping the news local

I recently read your article in the Kent Reporter dated April 19, 2008, entitled “Community papers all about local news.” Although my response is late, I completely concur with what you wrote. The major TV stations and newspapers seem to like using Kent as a dumping ground for everything that is wrong in our region. I also have noticed that they have no idea just how large the area we call “Kent” really is. I have friends who talk about the Des Moines area as if were downtown Kent.

I recently read your article in the Kent Reporter dated April 19, 2008, entitled “Community papers all about local news.” Although my response is late, I completely concur with what you wrote. The major TV stations and newspapers seem to like using Kent as a dumping ground for everything that is wrong in our region. I also have noticed that they have no idea just how large the area we call “Kent” really is. I have friends who talk about the Des Moines area as if were downtown Kent.

When the South County Journal ceased publication, I had grave doubts the Kent Reporter would be able to adequately fill in for the daily newspaper we were used to. I was in for a pleasant surprise.

While high school sports still dominate the pages, there has been increasing room for other subjects. The article in the Kent Reporter on the Kentridge music program, (April 23, 2008), making a wonderful showing in the contest at Disneyland, was a terrific addition. In less community-oriented newspapers, too often school music departments and academic achievements can be bypassed. If lucky, they are given a couple of inches of column space on the bottom back page.

I am hoping the Kent Reporter will continue to recognize other students from the Kent area who are raising the education bar. Ten Kentridge High School students, and other Kent participants, will compete on Saturday, April 26, at the State Contest for National History Day being held at the University of Washington.

National History Day is an inventive history education program held nationwide, for students in grades 6-12 who are interested in improving their historical knowledge in a fun and stimulating setting.

In Washington, of the more than 4,000 students that participated, 2,000 chose to enter one of eight regional competitions across the state. Kentridge students competed against each other in the senior division, and the top place-winners were given the opportunity to go to the South Puget Sound Regional. The Kentridge PTSA generously voted to subsidize all but $3 of the regional entry fees.

Ten Kentridge student regional winners go on to the state contest Saturday, along with the other seven regions. The top two students in each category may compete in the national contest during the week of June 15 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Thank you again for keeping the Kent Reporter local, and about our community.

Carrie Stark

Kent

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